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It’s Fargin War!

Neither the NHL’s Board of Governors, its Commissioner, nor the Players’ Association were able to come to an agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement by the midnight deadline. And so, the third lockout in the last 18 years has commenced, all under Gary Bettman’s watch. The following is a message, in the emotion of the moment. Directed to Bettman, the 30 owners for whom he has been a perfect tool, the Fehr brothers and all the players, stolen from Roman Troy Moronie: “You lousy cork-soakers. You have violated our farging rights. Dis somanumbatching sport was founded so that the …

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Labour Bored

Earlier in the week, it was revealed by multiple sources throughout North America, TSN and RDS chief among them, that the National Hockey League Players Association intended to file briefs on behalf of their clients to the Quebec Labor Board. Added to that, was the report of a similar case to be presented in Alberta on behalf of the two clubs residing in its two largest cities. The argument, at its core, states that since the union is not certified in the province, it is illegal for the Canadiens organization to lock out players. This is a stunning turnaround from …

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CBA 101: A Recap

As we get closer and closer to the expiration of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, and hopefully the creation of a new one — not to mention that I feel I’ve just about covered every critical topic — I thought I’d put together a recap of sorts, since it would be nice to have everything in one place for people to quickly and easily see what they may have missed. Waivers and Re-entry Waivers and why it means Marc-Andre Bourdon has a far better chance of making this team than Erik Gustafsson. 35+ Contracts and why Chris Pronger can never retire. Slide …

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CBA 101: The Bonus Cushion and Bonus Overages

One aspect of the upcoming  (It is coming right? Eventually?) new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that I am particularly interested about is the concept of Bonus Cushions and Bonus Overages. I’ve seen a number of people assume that the Bonus Cushion will exist, because it has before and, well, why wouldn’t it? I’ve also seen a seemingly equal number of people that don’t believe it will be included. Cue, the mumbo jumbo Section 50.5(h): (h) Accounting for Performance Bonuses. No SPC may contain Performance Bonuses except in accordance with Section 50.2(b)(i)(C) above. For purposes of a Club’s Upper Limit and Lower Limit, as …

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CBA Chatter

Everything you wanted to know about the CBA but were afraid to ask Here are your updates from the past week on the ongoing collective bargaining agreement talks from around the Web. Well, time is ticking away and the owners and players are slowly moving towards common ground. Will a lockout be averted?[Hockeybuzz] [Puck Daddy] On Tuesday, the two sides met briefly and agreed to meet on Wednesday. On Wednesday, the NHL gave the players a new proposal to mull over and the NHLPA is reading it through. [Kuklas Korner] [Sports Illustrated] [CSN Philly] [USA Today] There is supposed to be a …